A Girl Called Genghis Khan

A Girl Called Genghis Khan

How Maria Toorpakai Wazir Pretended to Be A Boy, Defied the Taliban, and Became A World Famous Squash Player

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This compelling, timely, and empowering picture book introduces children to Maria Toorpakai Wazir, a Pakistani girl who braved threats from the Taliban in order to play the sport she loved.

" Malik's artwork is extraordinary, with each page displaying brilliant colors and poster-worthy images that contribute to the narrative's overall messages of female empowerment and triumph against impossible odds. . . . this book has something for every reader." -- Booklist

Meet Maria Toorpakai Wazir, a Pakistani girl who loved sports and longed for the freedom that boys in her culture enjoyed. She joined a squash club to pursue her dream, and was taunted, teased, and beaten--but still continued playing. Then, when Maria received an award from the President of Pakistan for outstanding achievement, the Taliban threatened her squash club, her family, and her life. Although forced to quit the team, she refused to give up. Maria kept practicing the game in her bedroom every day for three years! Her hard work and perseverance in the face of overwhelming obstacles will inspire all children.
Audience: Age: 5+
Grades: K to Grade 3.
Publisher: New York : Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., [2019]
ISBN: 9781454931362
Branch Call Number: J 796.343092 Toorp-L
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations
Additional Contributors: Malik, Shehzil


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